Full Pre-Season Programme


When? What? Where?
Tues 2nd July Training (7pm Start) Castlewellan Forest Park
Thur 4th July Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Sat 6th July Training (2pm Start) Sand Dunes
Mon 8th July Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Wed 10th July Ballynagross (7pm KO) Millbridge
Tues 16th July Ford (7pm) Millbridge
Thur 18th July Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Sat 20th July Crewe Utd (2.30pm KO) Millbridge
Tues 23rd July Ballymacash (7pm KO) Millbridge
Wed 24th July Rossglass (7pm KO – 2nds & 3rds match) Millbridge
Thur 25th July Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Sat 27th July Rathfriland (2.30pm KO) Millbridge
Tues 30th July Ards FC (7pm KO) Millbridge



When? What? Where?
Sat 3rd August Woodvale (2.30pm KO) Millbridge
Tues 6th August Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Thur 8th August Training (7pm Start) Millbridge
Sat 10th August Season Starts

Ballynahinch United IIs 3 v 2 Ballywalter Rec. IIs

The Swifts continued their strenuous programme of fixtures when they entertained Ballywalter Rec 2nds at the Millbridge. This was most certainly a roller coaster game which could well have gone either way.

The Swifts dominated play in the first half and could well have scored a bag full but a combination of last ditch defending, great saves and rank poor finishing contrived to keep the score down.

Birthday boy Gareth Bingham opened the scoring when he fired in after 50 minutes but a rash tackle from Paul King gave Ballywalter the equaliser from the penalty spot.

Greg Allison who had played a part in the opening goal was again the play maker for the Swifts second goal when his run ended with McCaffrey executing a neat finish. Again slack defending allowed Ballywalter to equalise and a mistake by Herron left a forward with an open goal and he unbelievably placed his shot wide.

Allison’s pace and desire to pursue lost causes resulted in the Swifts winning the game when he chased down a ball that everyone thought was going out for a throw and raced into the penalty before squaring to Herron who shot into the net.

Ballynahinch United 1 v 1 Lisburn Rangers

United entertained Lisburn Rangers in their penultimate league fixture at Millbridge on Saturday last. This proved to be a difficult encounter although United will be bitterly disappointed that their superior percentage of play did not yield all three points.

In the first half United were out of the blocks very quickly and Lisburn were hemmed into their own half for most of the time although they were quite dangerous on the break giving United defence of Foster, Brashaw, Boal and Herron some difficult moments while Brian McMullan was called upon to make one excellent stop.

In midfield Smyth, Hunter, Stuart McMullan and Aaron Cheevers were controlling things but they just couldn’t create the openings for hard working forwards Ian McMullan and Scott Brashaw.

Lisburn were reduced to ten men on the half hour when a moment of indiscipline followed moments later by a crude tackle on Cheevers was  suitably rewarded.

In the second half Lisburn regrouped and on the hour mark following a strong and persistent run by their centre forward he managed to hold of the tackles of Foster and Brashaw to score with a delicate shot that gave McMullan no chance.

Ian McMullan who had been lively all afternoon scored the equaliser in the 65th minute however despite the introduction of Kelly, Bowman and Allison United were unable to get their noses in front.

United’s last game of the season takes place at the Millbridge on Saturday 4th  May.